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The Nightingale


By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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From 6,804 Ratings
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Description

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
 
FRANCE, 1939
 
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front.  She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
 
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth.  While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely.  But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
 
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war.   The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.  It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.


Reviews

  • One of Her Best

    5
    By Aabix
    I haven't read a book this real, this raw, this riveting in a long time. I agree with the other reviews - you can in vision that time in history, feel the characters' heart aches - be along for the ride - making it impossible to put this book down. It is a must read. Don't forget the box of tissues.
  • Amazing!!

    5
    By CWILSON28
    Hands down one of my all time favorites! Keeps you captivated throughout the entire book!
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Xelpelpx
    Beautifully written! I can't say enough about this book. The imagery and emotion seen and felt while reading was like nothing I've read ever read before. Loved it!
  • Just wow!!

    5
    By Miss Food lover
    It had me crying and smiling and just celebrating life. Thank you!
  • Excellent

    5
    By catslave98
    Great book - highly recommend
  • Emotional Page-Turner

    5
    By NCW22
    There are not many books in which I am so vested in the characters that I truly feel an emotional attachment to them. The Nightingale was different. This book absorbed me so fully to the point that I found myself crying several times, which is extremely unusual for me, and I couldn't put the book down. Although this book is fiction, the story is totally believable, as if it could have been taken straight from the pages of the two main characters' diaries during WWII. Such a tragic but great story!
  • Superb!!

    5
    By BerryBronte
    One of the best novels I have ever read! Superbly written with characters that touch your heart. I couldn't put this one down and read late into the night wanting to see what came next. I definitely recommend this superbly written novel.
  • Couldn't put it down

    5
    By Brobin7
    Such a wonderful read. Riveting and beautiful for a story of love and hardship from WWII. Can't wait to read more of Kristin Hannah's books
  • Best book I ever read. Love love love

    5
    By santodomingoypuertorico
    From the first paragraph to the very last sentence, this book shook me from inside out. To say I love you at every chance we get to those close to us, but most important, to love our family no matter who they are. To be strong and courageous, b/c you never know what life brings ahead.
  • Gripping Story

    5
    By Cimpleton
    The Nightingale is the most gripping book I have ever read. I literally could not out it down. Kristin Hannah's portrayal of two young French girls living through WW II is written beautifully with such vivid detail that it grabbed me from page one and would not let me go. I was angry and I cried more during this story than with any other I have ever read. I loved this book even though it was sometimes hard to read because of the horrendous happenings. Thank you Kristin Hannah for you tremendous writing.